By Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque paintings on the Seattle paintings Museum, is an not likely undercover investigator, but if a valuable Rubens portrait is stumbled on in a cargo of “authentic reproductions” in an area warehouse, Chris is pressed into carrier to determine the way it received there. the search leads him to the medieval urban of Bologna, one in all his favourite areas, yet all too quickly what could have been a welcome Italian interlude becomes a extraordinary trip into shady paintings international doings and murderous secrets and techniques . . .
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I'll even spring for dinner when we're done. We could be at Mike's warehouse by about 6:10, and I could have you back for the舒" He consulted his watch and pressed some tiny buttons on it. "舒for the舒mm . " When Calvin consults his watch, it is always something of a production. Calvin is the only person I know who actually sends away for those items you see advertised in airline magazines, and that's where his watch came from; a rectangular, sinister, dull-black thing with two faces. A navigator watch, he once explained to me, outfitted with chronograph, dual LCD display, luminous analog dial, and ratcheted safety bezel.
Well, what about it? He deserved it, didn't he? Who knew where the Rubens would be by now if not for him? He'd found it, he'd had the perception to recognize it as something important, and he'd immediately contacted the museum. If Gozzi's insurance company wanted to give him a fraction of the money he'd saved them, what was wrong with that? Nothing at all. It happened all the time. Just what did I think I suspected him of anyway? Bologna la Grassa舒Bologna the Fat舒they called it in the fourteenth century, and Bologna la Grassa they call it still.
It sounds . . sleazy. " "Absolutely not. Far from it. The people you're dealing with aren't crooks. " He put down a stubbornly closed clam he had been unable to pry open and used a paper napkin to wipe butter from sleek, round fingers. "Look, you're going to be in Bologna anyway, right? You're going to see everybody who's anybody. You're bound to hear things. All they want you to do is meet with their people a few times and pass along anything you hear that might be pertinent. That's all. Is that so terrible?
A Glancing Light (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins